When you think of Texas, you probably think of either the oil capital of Houston, the spread out metropolis of Dallas, or the music and BBQ center of Austin.
However, Texas offers a lot beyond its three major cities, from small, friendly towns to seaside communities. For travelers who want to see a more local, authentic side of the Lone Star State and as a bonus, save some money on bookings, explore the following Texas destinations!
Take a Tour of History in Midland
The small city of Midland, Texas, has some beautiful and important sites that every US history buff will want to visit. Explore the American Airpower Heritage Museum and view WWII artifacts, or go to the Midland Country Historical Museum to find an 11,000-year old skeleton! Midland also houses the George W. Bush Childhood Home, where visitors can learn about the younger years of our former president. Book one of the many reasonably priced hotels in Midland and visit this historical corner of Texas soon!
Explore Parks and US Heritage in Plano
Plano hotels are very budget-friendly, which is incredible considering all that Plano has to offer visitors! After you’re done walking through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve or taking in fresh air at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, head back to one of many comfortable and affordable hotels like Candlewood Suites Plano-Frisco for lunch, and then stroll through Historic Downtown Plano. This city has the bonus of being really close to Dallas, so you can fly in easily and if you do want a big city break, Dallas is just around the corner.
Take the Whole Family to Grapevine
Grapevine is a great family friendly destination in Texas, as it houses the Sea Life Aquarium, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and a huge indoor waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge, where children will splash around for hours. Adults will also love the area’s great shopping and restaurant options, especially the Grapevine Mills mall, and the shops and restaurants along the Grapevine Main Street Historic District. Guests can stay at Grapevine hotels for as little as $71 a night, so this is one family vacation that won’t break the bank.
Relax in the Nature of New Braunfels
For those looking for a town that lets them get away from it all, New Braunfels, Texas is a great vacation choice. Have a picnic or just sit and relax by Lake McQueeney, make your way through the grand Natural Bridge Caverns, or fish in Lake Dunlap. At night, head to local Grune Hall and join local Texans for a night of live music and dancing. Best of all, the small, community feel of the town is reflected in the many comfortable and very hospitable hotels in New Braunfels.
Enjoy the Beach at South Padre Island
Texas is very underrated as a beach destination, but the fact is that places like South Padre Island are hotspots for beachgoers, sun lovers, and families who want to get a look at the area’s dolphins and sea turtles (not to mention that travelers can get a great deal at South Padre Island hotels). So whether you want to lounge all day on Isla Blanca Park, learn to water ski, or go on a romantic horseback ride by the sea, South Padre Island definitely has something for you.
Photo by Dan Rose.